Independence Day Travel Is Expected to Climb in 2024, AAA Predicts

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Friday, June 21, 2024 3:02 PM Americans are ready to hit the road over the Independence Day holiday, according to a new report from the Automobile Association of America (AAA). The association is projecting that nearly 71 million travelers will travel 50 miles or more from home between Saturday, June 29 through Sunday, July 7.

The AAA predicts a 5 percent increase in travelers compared with 2023, and an 8 percent increase over pre-pandemic travel figures. 

More than 60 million people will travel by car, according to AAA, nearly 3 million more travelers than in 2023 and approximately 5 million more than in 2019. 

Lower gas prices are expected to help spur travelers to go farther, with the national average price of gas coming in at $3.53 per gallon. Prices are predicted to drop further as the holiday approaches and remain stable until Labor Day. 

Air travel is also expected to reach new levels, with an estimated 5.74 million people expected to fly during the Independence Day holiday period. This is an increase of 7 percent compared with the same time period 2023, and is 12 percent more than in 2019.

INRIX, a provider of transportation data and insights, warns travelers to avoid traveling between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. The organization recommends traveling during the morning hours and later afternoon to avoid rush hour traffic.

Sleeping in the Heat

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Friday, June 21, 2024 12:40 PM Are you struggling to sleep in this hot weather? You're not alone. Head over to The New York Times for some tips and tricks on sleeping in the heat, beyond just cranking up the AC. 

Alcon Highlights WaterInnovations Contact Lens Portfolio at Optometry’s Meeting, Introduces MARLO App for Android

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Friday, June 21, 2024 10:50 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—At a media briefing held Thursday at Optometry’s Meeting, Alcon announced that its MARLO App for eyecare professionals is now available on Android for the first time, and provided an update on the company’s WaterInnovations contact lenses that offer all-day comfort, according to the company. Alcon also provided an update on its OTC products for dry and itchy eyes, including Systane and Pataday eye drops. “We are consistently talking to ECPs to meet actual needs,” said Kristen Brotherson, general manager, U.S. Vision Care at Alcon. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Mastering the Art of Delivering Bad News to Patients

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Friday, June 21, 2024 10:40 AM No one wants to hear bad news, least of all a patient who is at the doctor’s office. However, as unwelcome as this information can be, there are ways to blunt the blow. There is a large spectrum of “unhappy” news. We had people be absolutely devastated that their child needs glasses (which in the grand scheme of things is pretty minor!) all the way to a patient feeling relieved that the root cause of their symptoms is likely a pituitary gland tumor (a pretty major thing!). Our practice is primarily a specialty care practice focusing on vision therapy and rehabilitation, so we deal with a unique subset of the population. Read More

EssilorLuxottica and Diesel Announce a 10-Year Licensing Agreement

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Friday, June 21, 2024 10:36 AM EssilorLuxottica and Diesel announced that they have signed an exclusive license agreement for the design, manufacture and worldwide distribution of Diesel eyewear. The agreement will be effective immediately until December 31, 2029, with an automatic renewal option of an additional five years. The first collection under the agreement will be available on the market from Q1 2025.

Can Unhappy Workers Hurt the Economy?

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Friday, June 21, 2024 9:00 AM Employees who dislike their jobs tend to have high levels of daily stress and worry, as well as elevated levels of all other negative emotions. For many employees, being actively disengaged at work is equivalent to or worse than being unemployed.

Insta-Pick for 6-22-24

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VM's News Quiz for the Week of June 16: Baseball Loses a Legend, Retail Sales in May and Swing Fore Sight Golf Tourney

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Friday, June 21, 2024 8:20 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at baseball losing a legend, retail sales in May and the Swing Fore Sight golf tourney.

Gregor Eye Care's Tweet for 6-22-24

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Friday, June 21, 2024 8:15 AM

Eye Shop's Tweet for 6-22-24

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Friday, June 21, 2024 8:14 AM

WeShareIt 6-22-24

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Friday, June 21, 2024 8:10 AM This opti-themed plant ornament is fun, a little weird and a total conversation starter. You can purchase it on Amazon here. #WeShareIt

Alcon Highlights WaterInnovations Contact Lens Portfolio at Optometry’s Meeting, Introduces MARLO App for Android

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Friday, June 21, 2024 8:05 AM Alcon highlights WaterInnovations contact lens portfolio and intros MARLO App for Android; CooperVision holds Best Practices roundtable; Marco Healthcare and Lombart Healthcare combine to form Marco Lombart; CooperVision promotes Dr. Michele Andrews and Melissa Kiewe; and ClearVision Optical and the OWA announce ClearVision-Adira grant winners all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

U.S. Government to Fund Up to $500 Million for Studies on Oral, Nasal COVID Vaccines

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Friday, June 21, 2024 8:02 AM The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Thursday it will provide up to $500 million for mid-stage trials evaluating vaccines administered as a nasal spray or pill to protect against symptomatic COVID-19.

Prenatal Maternal Distress During Pandemic Tied to Newborn Brain Development

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Friday, June 21, 2024 6:09 AM Left amygdalar volumes were smaller in newborns whose mothers had high psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, a small cross-sectional study suggested.

Alcon Highlights WaterInnovations Contact Lens Portfolio at Optometry’s Meeting, Introduces MARLO App for Android

By Staff
Friday, June 21, 2024 12:24 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—At a media briefing held Thursday at Optometry’s Meeting, Alcon announced that its MARLO App for eyecare professionals is now available on Android for the first time, and provided an update on the company’s WaterInnovations contact lenses that offer all-day comfort, according to the company. Alcon also provided an update on its OTC products for dry and itchy eyes, including Systane and Pataday eye drops. “We are consistently talking to ECPs to meet actual needs,” said Kristen Brotherson, general manager, U.S. Vision Care at Alcon.